Age 23 Survey

The Age 23 Survey is now underway. We’ll be inviting you to take part in stages, so some of you won’t receive your invitation until later this year. 

We are giving you the opportunity to complete the survey online or, if you prefer, you can wait and an interviewer will visit you.

An independent research organisation called Ipsos are working with us on this survey. Ipsos have a team of trained interviewers and also carried out the interviews for the Age 14 and Age 17 Surveys.

Why age 23?

Some of you took part in our online surveys during the COVID-19 pandemic (thank you so much!), but the Age 23 Survey will be our first big catch up with you now you’re into your adult lives.

The early twenties are a time when many people start making key life decisions around things like jobs, housing, and relationships.

You are at this important stage of your lives in the wake of the pandemic, in the midst of a cost of living crisis and against the backdrop of other world-changing events. This has undoubtedly presented unique challenges for your generation. We really need to hear how you’re getting on in the face of this. 


What will we ask?

We would like to find out what your life is like now, and how things have changed for you over the past few years. We will ask you about all different aspects of your life, including your family and relationships, housing, employment and income, education, health and wellbeing, identity and opinions. 

During the survey, you will have an opportunity to play two interactive games which will help us understand how you think. 

We will also ask your permission to add some information that government departments hold about you to your survey answers. We won’t ask for this if you already gave your permission at the last CNC survey.  This will give us an even fuller picture of your lives and make the study even more valuable for research.   

If you have any children, there will be some questions about how they’re doing, and the kinds of things you do together. We’ll also ask your permission to add some information about them from records held by government departments. 

If you live with a partner, we will ask you a few questions about them, and we’d also like to ask them some questions about themselves directly. If you are happy for us to do so, we’ll ask them to complete a short online survey which will take about 15 minutes.   

The survey should take about an hour to complete, but it may be slightly quicker, especially if you do it online, or it may take a little longer if an interviewer comes to visit or depending on your circumstances.

Remember, you can skip any questions or part of the survey you don’t want to answer. It’s entirely up to you which bits of the survey you do and any parts you do will be incredibly useful to us. 

To thank you for taking part, we’ll give you a £30 voucher which you can spend in a wide variety of shops, either online or in stores. 

If your partner completes the short online survey, they will receive a £10 voucher to say thanks. 

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